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It is obligatory for all students of The Department of Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems, School of Advanced Sciences (Hayama Campus) to submit a sub-thesis in addition to a doctoral thesis. Students who major in life science should submit a sub-thesis on “science and society,” and students in “science and society” a sub-thesis on life science. The objective of assigning a sub-thesis is to give students in life science deeper understanding of the social significance and infrastructure of their own research activities, on the one hand, and to give students in “science and society” a real sense of what scientific research entails, on the other.

Students are to do research on a topic of their choice and to write an essay based on their research under the supervision of an instructor in charge.

Topics for a “science and society” sub-thesis are wide-ranging and include science education, science policy, dilemmas between environment protection and development, the historical understanding of the sociobiology controversy, and relationships between local communities and the particular wild animal species which the student is researching.

Students of all departments at SOKENDAI can obtain credits for writing a sub-thesis by registering for an independent study course. It is required to get approval in advance from their research supervisor in their own department and from a sub-thesis instructor.


Kenji Ito(Associate Professor)
History of Science and Technology. Science, Technology and Society.

Kaori Iida(Associate Professor)
History of Science and Technology (History of Biology)

Nozomi Mizushima(Assistant Professor)
Science, Technology and Society. Gender Studies of Science and Technology.

Yukinori Onishi(Assistant Professor)
Philosophy of Science.